St. Barths, its full name being Saint Barthelemy was discovered by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century. He named the island after his brother Bartolome. This small island is only 24 square kilometers belonged in turn to the Spanish, the French, the Swedes and then the French again in 1878.
Today the island is inhabited in large part by colony descendants from France. The island counts a little more than 9000 residents. The tourism sector employs about 37 of the workforce; priority is given to premium tourism. It receives about 300000 visitors per year.
St. Barths is unique because it only has two seasons. First, is the period locals call Lent where the temperature is an average of 27 degrees from 1st December to 30th May; its high season and is more favorable for discovering turtles and a 180 different species of fish in the volcanic craters.
The second season is called Winter and is on the contrary to its name; the hottest season with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius from 1st June to 30th November. It should be noted that St. Barths which is presented as the art of being an island offers lighting that perfectly blends with the new TV picture broadcast technology of ultra-high definition 4k.
St Barths exudes a seductive blend of European sophistication, natural beauty and relaxed Island charm. The red brick building speckles the tropical landscape. This tiny relaxed Caribbean capital offers many historical sites that can be reached within two or three days.
St. Barths is the main Caribbean island which had Sweden colonizing for a critical period of time, however Guadeloupe was under the Swedish lead for a short time just during the Napoleonic wars. The three crowns showing up in the Islands’ court of arms is a type of the Swedish legacy in the island.
St. Barths, settled among the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, was a French colony until 2007 when it authoritatively turned into a “separate overseas collectivity.” French is spoken by numerous local people and much of the cuisine has a French flair. Although almost everyone on the island can speak some English. This, paired with the fact that almost all food products are imported from France, means meals can be expensive.
There are 14 beaches on St. Barths, and you will find at least one vacationer lolling about on one of them. The best of these beaches include Anse des Flamands (for the scenery), Baie de St-Jean (for the beachside bistros) and Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac (for the watersports). When you start to prune, get dry and walk the shops and restaurants of the capital city, Gustavia. Stick around until the night and appreciate a little laid-back island nightlife.